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With Approval Granted, How Rutland Refugee Resettlement Will Work

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Nina Keck
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After approval from the State Department, Rutland will become Vermont's newest refugee resettlement community. We're talking about the decision and how the resettlement will unfold.

After an often divisive debate here in Vermont, the U.S. State Department has given approval for up to 100 refugees — mostly Syrian — to settle in Rutland over the next year.

We're talking about the decision,  the timeline, how the process of resettlement will work, and what's next: both for the refugees and for the Rutland community. 

We're joined by Rutland Mayor Chris Louras and by Amila Merdzanovic, director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Also by David O'Brien of Rutland First.

Also on the program, Vermont Press Bureau Chief Neal Goswami on the debate over filling a coming vacancy on the State Supreme Court.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.